Jabs For The Boys: let's beat HPV
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancer and other serious diseases in both sexes.
Girls in the UK have been vaccinated since 2008. HPV vaccination for boys is expected to start in the 2019/20 school year.
What is HPV?
HPV is usually passed on through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. It causes 5% of all cancers in men and women as well as other diseases.
But isn't there an HPV vaccine?
Since 2008, all girls in the UK have been offered the vaccine by the NHS with the result that, today, the vast majority of girls are vaccinated.
Boys will be vaccinated – but not yet.
So why aren't boys being vaccinated?
When HPV vaccination began in the UK, there was less evidence about the cancers the virus could cause in men. But we now know for sure that HPV causes many cases of cancer in men as well as genital warts.
The government announced in July 2018 that boys will be vaccinated. This is expected to start in the 2019/20 school year but the start date has not yet been finally confirmed.